Formula 1

Nyck De Vries In Talks With Red Bull Over Seat In F1

Nyck de Vries had an incredible F1 debut at the Italian Grand Prix where he stood in for Alex Albon in the Williams who suffered from appendicitis.

De Vries is currently a Mercedes development driver, and since he managed to get two points at the Italian GP, there has been a lot of speculation over whether he might bag himself a spot on the 2023 grid. There has already been rumours that he might he is being considered for Williams and Alpine.

The dutchman has revealed that he has been in talks with Red Bull’s F1 motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, to potentially drive alongside Yuki Tsunoda on the AlphaTauri team in 2023.

Red Bull were previously eyeing up Colton Herta to join the AlphaTauri team, however, as Herta does not have the minimum number of super licence points, Red Bull are having to now look elsewhere to fill the spot.

Pierre Gasly, who is Tsunoda’s current teammate, is potentially moving to Alpine to drive alongside Esteban Ocon. Red Bull are only willing to let Gasly make the move if they can bag a good enough replacement for him.

De Vries explained on a Dutch talk show, Humberto op Zaterdag, that he met with Marko in Austria. He said:

“I don’t quite know if I am in such a luxury situation that I can choose. Largely, that is beyond my control. I have been in talks with Williams for a long time, and I was also able to make my debut there last weekend.

“That would be a logical step. Alpine I have been in contact with since July, and I will test for them in Budapest next week. I will fly there on Monday.

“And as the media had noticed yesterday, I went to Austria to meet Helmut Marko. Those are the facts.”

When asked if he had a preference over which team he would like to drive for, de Vries explained:

“Wherever I can get a permanent seat, I would be very happy with that. We have to see how it will develop in the coming days and weeks. As I said, it is not entirely in my control.”

“In this world not everything is about performance, but there is momentum now. That makes a difference, but it does not guarantee a seat. We are not that far yet.”

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